Margie Lawson

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Killing It with Conflict

Conflict. Conflict. Conflict. Conflict, conflict, conflict builds tension.  We’ve heard the tension-refrain at conferences, in workshops and in books. We know we must have tension. Tension on every page. So, we wrote stories filled with murders, thefts, lost hope, arguments, sword fights, gun battles, chase scenes.  You name it, we threw all kinds of conflict […]

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Upping the Emotion 2-Week Intensive

Laugh and cry—or make your characters do it during this two-week intensive class on Upping Emotion. Learn how details can make a big difference between a scene that falls flat and one that makes the reader fall in love. Hands-on homework with critiques will give students immediate feedback, helping them take the emotion up a […]

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Crazy Easy Social Media for Authors

Tweet like a twit? Facepalm every time you check Facebook? Feel like a pinned bug on Pinterest? What's an author to do with all of the social media opportunities clambering for our attention? Confused by controversy? Troubled by trolls? You'll learn the skills to control your social media presence without losing your mind. Class includes […]

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Diving Deep into Deep Point of View

With information coming at us from all sides, at all times of the day, the world has become a here and now kind of place. No wonder authors, agents, editors and readers want to feel that same kind of immediacy with stories. They scream for deep point of view. And I mean deep!! What You'll […]

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Maximize Your Crazy Easy Website

You have a website, but what do you do with it? This class teaches you how to super-empower your website. Go beyond the basics and use your website to expand your reach, focus your brand, and build your tribe. Want to blog? Learn to craft a sharable blog post and then track its effectiveness over […]

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It's All About Character, Using Character Themed Words

This course will teach writers how to find and use character-themed words specific to their heroes, heroines, and even villains. Every word in your novel should serve two purposes: to move the plot forward and give greater insight into the characters. Using character-themed words will grab your reader’s attention and hold it throughout the novel. […]

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Publishing Gold: Self-publishing and self-marketing for do-it-yourselfers

This four week session is a fast-paced, in-depth look into the day-to-day work of indie publishing. Wondering if indie publishing is for you? Feeling overwhelmed in the process and lost as to the next step? This class will give you a road map and clear away the mud of misinformation. Wish you had someone who […]

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Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors

Allow Writing Productivity and Creativity to Soar Need to gain control of your writing life? The time is now. The change is you. BONUS! BONUS! BONUS! You'll get a 40 minute phone, Skype, or Viber session with Margie between January 15 and February 15. You'll focus on making what you learn in this course work […]

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Getting Serious about Writing a Series

Learn the musts of writing a series! In this course, you will design your series bible, create the eleven items it must include (listed below), and learn series-writing tips from award-winning authors, including Bella Andre Romily Bernard Laura Bradford Allison Brennan Diana Cosby Vicky Dreiling Angie Fox Adrienne Giordano Diana Groe Charlotte Hubbard Darynda Jones […]

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Visceral Rules: Beyond Hammering Hearts

This class is all about adding emotion to your scenes. If you have a scene that carries a strong emotional stimulus, you usually need to give your POV character a visceral response. You don’t want to write them in a clichéd way. You want to write them fresh, with just the right amount of power. This […]

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From Blah to Beats: Giving Your Chapters a Pulse

You know the theory, read the books, have taken the classes, but still get critique groups/partners, agents, or editors saying: “Something’s off.” “The chapter doesn’t work.” “The scenes don’t come alive” “The conflict is bland.”  “The story is too small.” And you thunk! Your head your heart, all your hard work. Heck, you’ve poured your […]

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Creative Writing Weapons

Course description coming soon... Tags Level Advanced | All Levels | Beginner | Intermediate Topic Craft Duration month Teacher Koreen Myers

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Crazy Easy Awesome-Author Websites

What if you could have a website that would meet your needs whether you're a beginner or a NYT best selling author?  What if it could be affordable and easy to maintain?  What if you could have someone hold your hand and walk you through the entire process? Welcome to the Crazy Easy Awesome Author Website taught by Lisa Norman (Heart Ally Books and Deleyna's Dynamic […]

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Ta Da! How to put Funny on the Page

Slam your elbow on a table top and you’ll get up close and strip-down, naked personal with the location of your funny bone. Unfortunately, you’ll also discover there’s nothing funny about that instrument of torture. It’s a sensitive little sucker. The funny bone takes joy in creating not laughter but pain. Unless…you’re a comedian. Comedians […]

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Five-Week First Draft

Course description coming soon... Tags Level Advanced | All Levels | Beginner | Intermediate Topic Craft Duration 5-week Teacher Koreen Myers

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The Sizzling, Scintillating Synopsis

You’re in need of a synopsis. I can hear the moans and groans echo through cyberspace. But do not fear. This class is here to help you . . . give your synopsis the attention it deserves. learn what to include and what to avoid in a synopsis.  create a synopsis showcasing your best writing.  […]

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Diving Deep into Developmental Edits

Your words shine and each line glisten. But you’re still getting rejections! Pantsers and plotters, at some point you’re going to have to step back from the words, the lines, and even the paragraphs, and look at the big picture issues. Diving deep into developmental edits is an intense fourteen lecture course for those writers […]

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Navigating the Tightrope between Historical Fact and Historical Fiction

There are so many questions when you begin (or get in the middle of!) writing historical fiction. What should I research? When should I research? How much research should I put in the book? Why don’t my characters feel historical? Why does my prose seem to clash with my story? Writing good historical fiction means […]

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Story Structure Safari

Beautiful words and exciting scenes aren't enough to propel the reader through a novel. Stories need a plan, a focus, a solid structure from beginning to end. In this 30-day course, you will explore the story structure elements, transformational character arcs, and plot that make up powerful, bestselling stories. You will learn how to analyze […]

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Create Compelling Characters

Depending on who you ask, there are 2, 4, 7, 9 or 13 different plots for a writer to use. Regardless of who you believe, with a finite number of what can happen, you'd better find a way to make your story stand out among the masses. And there is no better way to draw […]

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